A Tour

Pioneers and Divas (1895-1918)

Technical inventions bring images to life. The first colors, the first animations, the first stars.


Expressionism in a horror film. Shot in Berlin-Weißensee.

Film in the Weimar Republic (1918-1933)

The era of classic German silent films and earlysound films. German cinema attains international standing, even Hollywood is impressed. Especially four directors influenced German cinema greatly between 1918 and 1933.


Science Fiction. Catastrophes under and above earth. Good Maria defeats Maria – The Robot.

Transatlantic (1918-1933)

A ship’s deck. A second career in the USA for many German-speaking film artists.

Marlene Dietrich (1901-1992)

A Berliner by birth, she becomes an international star. The museum presents the most important and interesting items from her estate.

Olympia (1936-1938)

The Olympic Games under National Socialism. Leni Riefenstahl directs in the Olympic Stadium in Berlin.

Film under National Socialism (1933–1945)

Propaganda to encourage mobilization and comedies to provide entertainment. Undesirable artists are expelled or eliminated.

Film in Exile (1933–1945)

Hollywood is a refuge from Nazi persecution. In Casablanca the emigrants meet.

From the Postwar Period ... (1946–1980)

The first four decades after the end of World War II were characterized by the division of Germany.

... to the Present (1981 until Today)

Many German directors began to work abroad in Europe and the USA. The first signs of political change, which ultimately occurred in 1989, became visible in East German film.

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